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espritv8 05-05-2010 9:29 PM

Prop repair

Got my boat for the first time out on the lake today. But the water level is pretty low, and a scarped the bottom. Doesn't seems major, but the prop got a bit of damage.


Can i drive my boat like that with no issues? Can i get this easily repaired?

wake_upppp 05-05-2010 10:27 PM

No and yes

burbanized 05-05-2010 11:18 PM

STOP driving it. And get it repaired as soon as you can, you might have to spend between $120.00 and $200.00 for your prop to get repaied

Shooter 05-06-2010 2:01 AM

That looks pretty minor. If the lake is low, donít you run the risk of hitting bottom again? I donít see what the rush is as long as it still runs smooth and is not off balance. Then again, I'm not a mechanic or a prop manufacture so what do I know.

wakebrdjay 05-06-2010 5:25 AM

Damn man you're getting off to a rough start.Call Acme Propellers to see if they recommend a place in your area to fix it.You shouldn't use it like that,it could cause more dammage.

blowhole 05-06-2010 7:45 AM

i got a prop with minor damage repaired here:


wasn't too expensive think it was around $80 and looks like new again

lakesurfer 05-06-2010 9:29 AM

I would fix the prop right away and it should not cost more than $120. I would imagine that your boat is shacking pretty good and that will just screw up your drive shaft.

espritv8 05-06-2010 10:05 AM

I'm glad i asked, because I would have used the boat all summer like that, the damage seems very minor to me like that.

Now i need to remove this to bring it to a repair shop. Do i need a special tool?
I tried to remove it before but couldn't do it, it seems to be stuck there.

espritv8 05-06-2010 10:07 AM

BTW i didn't notice any shaking, but again i'm new to this...

hatepain 05-06-2010 10:12 AM

While its unlikely to cause damage you could get harmonic vibration and dammage you shaft and/or cutlass bearing. Its best to have it fixed.

You'll need a prop puller.

wade_lewark 05-06-2010 10:17 AM

This is what I have, and it works like a charm!


lakesurfer 05-06-2010 11:48 AM

^^^ I have that. Works like a charm. I would also try and pick up a spare prop. I always carry mine to the lake with me just in case. That way you dont waste a good day out on the water.

elc 05-06-2010 12:25 PM

I have the same puller also... works good.

If you don't want to buy a puller and have a local shop. Give the guy $20 and I am sure he would be happy to pull it for you.

bcrider 05-06-2010 12:50 PM

I would get it repaired for sure. If you were on holiday's or something and needed a couple more days out of it I would just try and bang it out a bit with a mallet and piece of wood to straighten as much as you could. Spare prop is a good idea. I keep a spare and my prop puller in my boat so I just have to waddle back to the boat launch to replace and get back out.

espritv8 05-06-2010 2:33 PM

Well getting a new prop might be an idea. This way i could get a spare one. I expect this to happen quite often as the lake here is pretty shallow.

I have an acme 537 on my supreme v220 with a 330 hp scorpion.

Should i get the same prop or could i get another one and upgrade this one? What would you recomend?

Matt 05-06-2010 2:47 PM

You will wear out your vdrive packing pretty quick if you don't get it fixed & balanced

hatepain 05-06-2010 2:53 PM

If you are thinking of upgrading call Acme and tell them what you are running for boat/weight and what you do wakeboard/surf and they will give you excellent recommendations.

wakebrdjay 05-06-2010 4:24 PM

Deff.callAcme and they will tell you what you need,cause if that one is like the one Supreme or whoever propped the boat put on put on mine,could use an upgrade.I got a ski prop with mine.

blowhole 05-07-2010 9:30 AM

how shallow are we talking? i would find a deeper lake (unless you live right on this lake)

espritv8 05-07-2010 12:37 PM

The cheapest solution for now seems to be sending my prop to acme and get it repaired there. And this way i'm pretty sure it's going to be done right.

But I might also buy a cheap spare prop, so if you have one for sale, i'm interested.

Looking for the same specs (or close, maybe lower pitch) as my acme 537 (13.5X16 LH 1 1-8)

And yes the lake i'm at is pretty shallow, It's actually the st-lawrence river on the south shore of montreal. The prop shops around the area are pretty busy with prop repairs.

blowhole 05-07-2010 1:19 PM

oh the st lawrence river. was up there fishing about a month ago and the water was wicked low. also insanely rough its ALWAYS windy there

mikeski 05-08-2010 3:28 PM

Believe it or not I have had some luck repairing props with that type of damage myself. Using a babbitt mallet and some dolly's measuring with my molding gauge I can get them pretty close. If I was in your shoes I would just replace the prop and either repair the damaged prop myself or find a shop like Nettle that does them for a reasonable price. Acme props cannot be repaired to original, close but they won't run as well.

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